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Sign up for CRP any time

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Last week, the Farm Service Agency restarted the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup. This program gets its name from having no ending sign-up date, thus it is a continuous signup. The CRP program is designed to take environmentally-sensitive land out of production and install conservation practices, by providing yearly rental payments and cost sharing […]

Pollinators are needed to keep the world green

Thursday, June 26, 2014

By SCOTT SHALAWAY Every year, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates a week in June as National Pollinator Week. The effort is intended to draw attention to the invaluable services provided by bees, beetles, butterflies, flies, birds and other pollinators. Plants reproduce when pollen (sperm) from male flower parts (anthers) reaches the pistil (site of […]

It really does all come out in the wash

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble or make them question the beliefs they hold dear and the meaning of life, but I do think it’s time we set the record straight. I can no longer live this lie and neither should you. Let us come clean on a universal truth: You will never, ever […]

New Ohio deer hunting regulations available now

Thursday, June 26, 2014

By MIKE TONTIMONIA This year’s crop of whitetail fawns is on the ground but they aren’t the only new things that might interest Ohio deer hunters. The new laws regulating deer hunting are also on the ground, so to speak. Actually, the new 2014-15 regs are online and in print. Booklets are available from Division […]

Technology makes a big difference in forage production

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Technology, while costly, can make a big difference in your forage crop.

Sometimes the needy are closer to home than we think

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

There was a big family who had just moved in to our community, and one day in class I noticed the hole in the new boy’s shirt.

Betting against climate change

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

According to 2013 data compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, you and I owe our very existence to water. After all, 92 percent of our blood, 75 percent of our brains and muscles, 60 percent bodies and 22 percent of our bones is plain, simple old water. Even more to the point, while most […]

Great weather brings poor grain prices

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It is hard to argue with the direction of the corn market, which has been down. It is also hard to envision a scenario where we can justify a big weather market.

Exploring the humble beginnings of the M1 rifle

Thursday, June 19, 2014

By SAM MOORE With this month being the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, it might be an appropriate time to look at the U.S. infantry weapon that played a significant role in winning that war, the US rifle, caliber-.30, M1, sometimes called the Garand, but most often […]

The natural order of things

Thursday, June 19, 2014

So … once again nature proves it is not to be trusted. As a person once proudly self-described as “indoorsy,” I have tried to be, if not one, then at least not “at war” with nature. I have come to like camping (in a camper, of course), love boating, and can even enjoy sitting on […]

Ask FSA by FSA Andy: Check in and report all of your crops

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello Again! Reporting your crop acres to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office each year is one of the best financial decisions you can make for your farming operation. For most farmers, reporting crop acres is habit or tradition, however, if you don’t report your acres or have recently obtained a farm or the management […]

Who will be big meat’s next fat hog?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Two of the world’s biggest meatpackers, Tyson Foods and JBS SA, are in a bare-knuckled, checkbook throw-down over who will own Hillshire Brands, the Chicago-based maker of branded processed meats and packaged food. Whichever firm wins this brawl will matter less to Tyson and JBS than to you or me because it will enable one […]

Is your cow herd above average?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In some ways, my cowherd is average. In other ways it is above and in still others, below. Those things are true of each cow in my herd, too. That’s all part of what “average” means. Comparing each cow Usually this involves numbers like weaning weights, pregnancy percentages or carcass values of progeny. Add them […]

Enjoy your kids, time goes quick

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Life, it has been said, is a series of dress rehearsals. If you keep working on it, one day you will be ready for the real show. Parenting seems to fit this bill in every possible way. First, the banner is raised, announcing two happy people are about to become parents. My grandmother whispered to […]

Senecaville Hatchery will host open house June 28

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ever wonder where that walleye or channel cat came from? Was it born in a hatchery in Ohio or another state?

Rainy days had their charm

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth, a rainy June day was a treat almost as great as homemade ice cream.

Native plants produce many options

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I often get questions about what the name of a particular plant is. Sometimes I know it right off the top of my head, sometimes I mull it over for a while and reach back into that part of my mind filled with cobwebs and pull out the answer, or too often I do not […]

Commentary: Will activists’ drones spy on farms?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

An activist wants to use drones to take aerial photographs of “factory farms,” or as he puts it, “to expose what some corporations want to keep hidden.”

Market outlook: Great weather, slipping grain prices

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Prices continue to slip lower on the Chicago Board of Trade as the traders get the impression that the weather is perfect and that we will have a record crop. At this point, the traders are right. The crops got planted, although Ohio still has 9 percent to go, 2 percent behind the five-year average. […]

A Father’s Day turkey dinner fit for a lady

Thursday, June 12, 2014

By MIKE TONTIMONIA Father’s Day in this house is usually minus Dad due to an annual Canadian fishing trip that always seems to happen over the Father’s Day weekend. But since most of the weeklong outing participants are fathers and sons, we continue to recognize our family roles in various ways, including a search of […]

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